Good Saturday morning. Today is the beginning of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. Have you had a desire to be on the Dirty Dozen design team? This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the alumni team members.  Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits of being a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here. My project was made for the challenge I am hosting today. I will give you all the details of how I made my card but you will have to go over to my forum post and look to see what my challenge theme is.

I love the new Memory Box Forest Archway dies and thought they would perfect for an apple orchard scene.  I paired them with the Impression Obsession Bushel Of Apples, Tiny Apples, Deer Trio, Grass Border, Tall Grass and Leaves and Stems. The frame was cut using the Nesting Card Templates. By the way…..does anyone know if deer eat apples?  LOL!  I’m not sure about it but thought they were the perfect images to fill in the background of my scene.

Kittie Scene Challenge right

I cut the tree archways, basket and deer using kraft cardstock and colored them using brown ink and a mini applicator. The sky background was sponged in using blue ink and an ink blending tool.  The grass, leaves and apples were cut using bright green and red cardstock to create bright contrast. The thin grass layers were hand cut using deckle scissors. The leaf stems were cut into small sections and attached to the tree branches with glossy accents. The apples were layered into the bushel basket using glossy accents.

There are several steps to create the layers of depth for the scene so I thought it would be helpful to list them individually below. I always start at the front of the scene and work backwards.  I hope that makes sense.

-apply double stick tape to the red frame and attached it to the largest forest archway frame. 

-attach one thin hand cut grass layer to the lower back of the tree archway frame using double stick tape.

-attach thin strips of mounting tape around the back of the frame and grass layer.

-attach one of the grass borders to the back of the frame.

-apply double stick tape to the back of the grass border.

-attach the second hand cut thin grass layer directly to the back of the grass border.

-attach the layered frame to the smaller forest archway frame.

-apply double stick tape all the way around the back of the layered frame and attach it directly to the card base.

-cut a grass border into small sections and tuck into the back of the scene attaching with glossy accents.

-apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the deer and attach to the card base.

-cut thin pieces of mounting tape and sneak them in behind the back frame tree trunks to hold them out away from the deer to create dimension.

-tuck the tall grass section into the scene attaching with glossy accents.  I thought it looked good in front of the largest deer to make him appear further in the background.

Whew!  It took some thought to list each individual layer in the correct order because I made this card a couple weeks ago. Getting old and forgetful is not fun!  I hope the steps help you see how easy it is to create dimension and depth for your projects.

Kittie Scene Challenge center

Attach the basket of apples to the front of the scene with mounting tape and add a few individual apples to the ground and grass area for the finishing touch.

Kittie Scene Challenge left

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as regularly as usual.  I have been putting in extra time at work to prepare to be away on medical leave for a few weeks.  Boy!  Some people will do just about anything to get out of work.  LOL! Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a great weekend. And a special thanks to all of you who have taken time to write to tell me you have been missing me.  It means more than you know.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”